The NYC Chapter has taught two types of sessions: subject-oriented
editathons, which we have held at the New York Public Library research
divisions, both at the Main library and at Performing Arts, and general
interest classes at both the Brooklyn and New York public library. We plan
to hold more of both at these locations, and also hope to do so elsewhere
in the city. Even for the subject-oriented classes, many of the
participants are really interested in (and need) general instruction.
We have sometimes followed the outline Bob mentioned earlier, relatively
formal talks in a more lecture-style setting, we have almost always had
at least two experienced Wikipedia editors,sometimes 4 or 5. Our most
common format is two of us, one at the computer terminal and one at the
screen, changing places every 10 or 15 minutes, starting with a script, but
very soon moving on to following the threads suggested by the questions
from the audience. Other Wikipedians either take turns, or answer
We also do small group instruction and even co-editing--we have been able
to maintain at least a ratio of 1 experienced Wikipedia editor to 4
inexperienced participants, and usually better. My advice is that if
editing is planned, you need at least a 1:4 ratio, and if possible 1:2.
Also, 2 participants to a computer is possible, but 1:1 is better. It is
also very advisable to have topics in mind suitable for beginners., though
some will have their own ideas.
On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 5:57 AM, Anna Raunik <Anna.Raunik(a)slq.qld.gov.au>wrote;wrote:
The State Library of Queensland is working with public libraries and
regional organisations in this space. ****
We’ve developed a training manual available from
A recent conference presentation is available
“Doing it the Wikiway – giving local content global access, a grass roots
Good luck with your initiative ****
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Hello - ****
Is anyone else using classroom space in their local public library to
teach editing skills/as part of the library's computer class offerings? I'd
love to hear your experiences. ****
Here's what's going on in Michigan this summer:
Also, has anyone developed a good core curriculum to teach the librarians
how to help their patrons use Wikipedia? ****
Thanks for the input. ****
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